• Four former IBT members were indicted in Boston federal court last month on 30 counts of racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and other crimes. According to the indictment, John Perry, Joseph Burhoe, James Deamicis, and Thomas Flaherty, known as the “Perry Crew,” extorted money from hotel managers, event planners, caterers, drug companies, hospitals, musical entertainment companies, and anyone else involved in Boston-area conventions and trade shows. The Perry Crew would show up shortly before events were to occur, and threaten pickets or other disruptions if the businesses did not provide union members with jobs. The indictment also accuses the Perry Crew of using violence and other economic harm to intimidated fellow IBT members who challenged the Perry Crew.
  • A union political action committee (PAC) of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters was fined $39,000 by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for failing to accurately report more than $500,000 in campaign expenditures in 2008. According to the FEC, the PAC spent $510,314 on signs, hats, t-shirts, posters, and other items with messages of support for President Obama from August to December 2008.